The head of NHS England has warned of a â€œhealth emergencyâ€ as new figures revealed hundreds more children and adults are suffering cardiac arrests, strokes or severe asthma attacks because of days of high air pollution. Stunted lung growth in children and links between pollution and lung cancer was also found by researchers who looked at nine cities across England. Higher air pollution triggered each year an extra 124 cardiac arrests in people not already in hospital, 231 cases of stroke and 193 children and adults being admitted to hospital for asthma, the study found.
The figures, from Kingâ€™s College London and UK100, a group of 94 local government leaders, highlighted the â€œimmediate, short-term and avoidableâ€ impact of high air pollution, the experts said. Government data has previously shown that pollution contributes to up to 36,000 deaths every year.
#greenenergy#^Air pollution is now a 'health emergency', head of NHS England warns
Poor atmosphere causing hundreds more cases of stroke, asthma and cardiac arrest, scientists say